oxford views updated May 18 2018
co·co·nut / ˈkōkəˌnət/ •
n. 1. the large, oval, brown seed of a tropical palm, consisting of a hard shell lined with edible white flesh and containing a clear liquid. ∎ the flesh of a coconut, esp. when used as food. 2. (also coconut palm or tree) the tall palm tree (Cocos nucifera) that yields this nut.
oxford views updated Jun 27 2018
Fruit of the tropical palm, Cocos nucifera
. The dried nut is copra which contains 60–65% coconut oil. The residue after extraction of the oil is used for animal feed. The hollow, unripe nut contains a watery liquid known as coconut milk, which is gradually absorbed as the fruit ripens. A 50‐g portion is a rich source
of copper; contains 18 g of fat, of which 90% is saturated; provides 7 g of dietary fibre; supplies 175 kcal (735 kJ).